Wikileaks’ terrible power

 Wikileaks is thousands of pieces of classified information which fall into groups: The Iraq war logs, Afghanistan diary and diplomatic cables.

The best known is a film known as ‘collatoral murder.’ 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

talking about the film ex-U.S. soldiers are filmed reporting that the events depicted were not uncommon.

Some is dull, some is embarrassing, some is sickening. There are 1,600 reports of observations of torture in the Iraq war logs. 1,300 of these are observations by coallition forces or reports to them of torture by Iraqi security forces, such as the one below:

Date:5/2/20093:45:00PM Region:MND-­‐N Category:Other Coordinates(approx):35.45,44.37 Title:(OTHER)OTHER

 Classification: Secret
 INJ/DAM
 Report:
 XXXX/XXXX CAV unit conducting inspection of XXXX IP station discovered multiple detainees who appeared to have been abused by IP personnel. The detainees had severe brusies to lower extremities from beatings and were in need of medical attention. Some detainees were handcuffed in offices, others beaten and confined to locked rooms and left in a dyhydrated state with no fluids provided. The unit also discovered the  suspected instruments used to conduct the,abuse in the office of the IP Station Chief. These  suspected tools of torture had “blood marks” and were retained by the unit. The unit contacted local Iraq IP authorities who responded and provided necessary medical attention. When theXXXX IP Chief was confronted about the suspected detainee abuse at his station he responded he was aware of the beatings and supported it as a method of conductinginvestigations.The unit continues to engage the local Iraqi authorities and provide assistance as necessary
 
 another:

Classification:  SECRET  

Category: Other

Coordinates

Title: Report:

XXXXXXXX, AND 1 LTXXXX,XXXXIAXXXXXXXX, WENT TO XXXXI AS2 DETAINEE PROCESSING CENTER WHERE THEY CAUGHT THE IAXXXX,XXXXXXXX, AND IBIFXXXX,XXXXXXXX, BY SURPRISE AND DISCOVERED SUSPECTED DETAINEE ABUSE.  

 IN THE OFFICE THERE WAS WHAT APPEARED TO BE A BATTERY WITH OPEN ENDED WIRES, THE END OF A COT WITH YELLOW ROPE ON BOTH ENDS AND WHAT APPEARED TO BE PLASTIC  TUBING.         BEFORE ENTERING THE OFFICE CPTXXXX AND 1LTXXXX HEARD WHAT SOUNDED LIKE AN INDIVIDUAL BEING HIT AND MOANING. THE DETAINEE WAS SITTING IN THE CENTER OF THE ROOM SOBBING.

CPTXXXX AND 1LTXXXX STOPPED THE SUSPECTED ABUSE, QUESTIONED XXXXXXXX AND RECEIVED THE NAME OF THE DETAINEE. ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE REPORTING UNIT: CHAIN OF COMMAND NOTIFIED, SWORN STATEMENTS WRITTEN, AWAITING 15-­‐6IO FROM 2-­‐10BDE, NOTIFIED XXXXIACDR_x000D__x000D

CLOSED

 (approx):33.07, 44.36*ALLEGED DETAINEE ABUSEAT 231413COCT06

  

  Classification: SECRET

 Date: 6/17/200712:01:00AM Region: MND-­‐N Category: Other Coordinates(approx): 36.30,43.12 Title: (SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT)

OTHERRPTXXXXXXXXCTU:0INJ/DAM

 Report: WHO:XXXXXXXXCTU WHAT:DETAINEE ABUSE WHEN: 17June2007 (Discovered by P-­‐PiTT on 06May 2009 and reported to 3/1CAV on 2Jul09) WHERE: XXXXXXXXCTU WHY: Discovered by P-­‐PiTT on 06 May 2009 and reported to 3/1CAV on 2 Jul 09

REPORTED ALLIGATION OF DETAINEE ABUSE TO XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, by XXXXAferCTU on or around 15 June 2007, REASON FOR DETAINMENT: suspected IED emplacer Victim received extensive medical care at the XXXX General Hospital resulting in amputation of his right leg below the knee several toeson his left foot, as well as amputation of several fingers on both hands. Extensive scars resulted from the chemical/acid burns, which were diagnosed as 3d degree chemical burns along with skin decay. His medical reports from 30 June 2007 also noted bruises on his back. Photographs of the victim believed to be taken in 2007 are included as well as photographs taken by the P-­‐PiTT team on 5 May 2009, when they observed this victim at the XXXXMTU. Victim was captured by the IA on 15 June 2007 by IA and transferred to the XXXXXXXXCTU. When questioned about terrorism activities, the victim alleges that XXXXXXXX,XXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXX tortured him by pouring chemicals on his hands, cut his fingers off, and hid him when CF visited the XXXXXXXXCTU.

The XXXX Major Terrorism Unit (MTU)discovered these events on 8 Sep 07 and began an investigation. Warrants were issued on 11 Sep 07 XXXXXXXX,XXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXX however no arrests were made. The PDoP was informed of this case in Sep 07, who subsequently notified the Deputy of XXXXXXXX at the Ministry of Interior (MOI). The victim appears to have been released from the hospital in May 2009, when members of the P-­‐PiTT observed him att he MosulMTU. He apparently was releasedf rom the MTU and hisl ocation is currently unknown.

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 ‘Kill team’ a gang of U.S. soldiers took photos of men they killed, here they took it in turns to be photographed holding the dead man’s head by his hair. His state of dress indicates the soldiers treatment of him. 400 such photographs were sent to main Western journals, this one is published in the German news magazine, Der Spiegel.
  
  
 
 
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